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How to get Sky Go: Live and on-demand Sky TV on your smartphone or tablet

What is Sky Go?

Latest news for Sky GoSky Go is a selection of Sky’s live TV channels and thousands of hours of on-demand TV, delivered via broadband to your smartphone, tablet, laptop, PC, Mac, games console or digital TV set-top box.

The exact line-up mirrors your Sky home subscription, or if you don’t have a Sky subscription you can subscribe to Sky Go from £15/month.

Sky Go on iPad

How do I get Sky Go?

If you’re a Sky subscriber, go to and sign in with your Sky iD to start watching online or download the desktop app for PC and Mac.

If you don’t have a Sky subscription, go to, then scroll down (a lot) to find the ‘Find out how to get Sky Go without Sky TV in your home’ tab to select your Sky Go Monthly Ticket package. It’s renewed on a month-by-month basis, with no minimum contract.

How much does Sky Go cost?

Sky Go is free with a Sky satellite TV subscription, and mirrors the channels you can watch on TV.

If you don’t have a Sky subscription, a Sky Go Monthly Ticket costs £15/month for the entertainment channels, £32/month with Sky Movies and entertainment, £35/month with Sky Sports and entertainment, and £40 a month for entertainment, Sky Movies and Sky Sports. ESPN costs from £9/month-£12/month extra.

Which entertainment channels are on Sky Go?

Smartphone, tablet and PC users can watch live Sky News, Sky Atlantic, Sky1, Sky Living, Sky Arts 1 and British Eurosport.

PC, Mac and Xbox 360 users can also watch live G.O.L.D., MTV, National Geographic Channel, History, Nat Geo Wild, Eden, Crime & Investigation Network, Nickelodeon, Disney Channel, Cartoon Network, Boomerang, Disney XD, Nick Jr, Eurosport 2 and ESPN Classic.

There are also hundreds of TV shows from each channel available to watch on-demand

Which film channels are on Sky Go?

All 11 of Sky’s Movie channels are available live on Sky Go, with more than 500 films on demand.

These are Sky Movies Premiere, Sky Movies Showcase, Sky Movies Family, Sky Movies Comedy, Sky Movies Action & Adventure, Sky Movies Drama, Sky Movies Sci-Fi & Horror, Sky Movies Classics, Sky Movies Indie, Sky Movies Modern Greats, Sky Movies Crime & Thriller.

Which sports channels are on Sky Go?

Sky Sports 1-4, Sky Sports News and Sky Sports F1 can all be accessed live, with a selection of on-demand shows.

How many devices can I use to watch Sky Go?

You can register two compatible devices for Sky Go per subscription, and change one device per month.

What is Sky Go Extra?

Sky Go Extra lets you have Sky Go on up to four devices and download films and TV shows for viewing up to a month later. It costs an extra £5/month, but is free to Sky Multiroom subcribers.

Can I watch Sky Go on my iPad or iPhone?

Sky Go is compatible with the iPhone (3GS or above), iPad, iPod touch (4th generation or above), and requires iOS 4.3 or later.

Can I watch Sky Go on my Android tablet or phone?

Sky Go is on selected HTC, Samsung and Google smartphones with Android 2.2, 2.3, 4.0., 4.1., 4.2 and 4.2.1. It will not work on rooted Android devices.

These are:

  • Google: Nexus 4, Nexus 7
  • HTC: Desire, Desire S, Desire HD, Incredible S, Sensation, Sensation XE, Desire X, One X, One XL, One S, One V, One X+
  • LG: LG 4X HD
  • Motorola: RAZRi
  • Samsung: Galaxy S, Galaxy S2, Galaxy S3, Galaxy Nexus, Galaxy Note, Galaxy S3 LTE, Galaxy S3 Mini, Galaxy Ace 2, Galaxy Note 2, Galaxy Tab2 7.0
  • Sony: Xperia S, Xperia T

Can I watch Sky Go on my Blackberry or Windows Phone?

No Blackberry or Windows Phone devices are supported by Sky Go.

Can I watch Sky Go on my Xbox 360, Playstation 3 or Nintendo Wii?

Xbox LIVE Gold account members can add the Sky Go app to their dashboard, and any number of different accounts can use Sky Go on the same Xbox 360.

You can also watch live TV with your Xbox friends with the Party feature - they will need their own Sky or Sky Go subscriptions.

Sky Go is not currently available on the Playstation 3 or Nintendo Wii.

Can I watch Sky Go on my smart TV or set-top box?

Sky Go is not currently available on any other smart TVs, or connected set-top boxes such as Freeview and Freesat boxes, DVD and Blu-ray players, Google TV or other media players.

Can I watch Sky Go when I’m offline?

Sky Go Extra customers can download TV shows and films to their PC, Mac, Android or iOS device and keep them to watch later for up to 30 days.

This option was included in the basic Sky Go service for PC and Mac until January 2013.

What are the alternatives?

Sky's own on-demand video service, Now TV, as well as Netflix, Lovefilm and Blinkbox, all offer alternative selections of films and TV shows, although none has sports.

Sky Go and Now TV, both Sky services, are fairly similar price-wise but have some differences. We've compared the two here.

Latest news for Sky Go

Mobile downloads and more users with Sky Go Extra

Mobile downloads and more users with Sky Go Extra​Sky Go users will be able to download shows to their phones and double the number of devices with the Sky Go Extra service later this week.

The expanded service will cost £5/month, allowing four devices per Sky TV account, with a new app available to download for Android and iOS later this week.

The DRM-protected downloads will last a month before being automatically erased, and there's a two-month free trial on offer to encourage take-up.

Unfortunately, PC and Mac-owning Sky Go users who have been in the habit of downloading TV and films will now have to pay for the pleasure.

Sky claims it's the first mobile service in the UK and Ireland that allows downloads of Hollywood movies, promising 70 of the top 100 films will be available from six months after their cinema release.

Stephen van Rooyen, MD of sales and marketing at Sky, said: “Building on the ever-growing popularity of Sky Go, Sky Go Extra lets Sky customers download great movies and TV shows to take with them to watch offline whenever and wherever suits them."

Three new Android devices have also been added to the Sky Go compatibility list: the HTC One X+, the Motorola RAZRi and the Samsung Galaxy Tab2 7.0.

January 21, 2013

Android Jelly Bean upgrade brings HTC, Google Nexus, Samsung Galaxies, Sony Xperias and LG 4X HD

Android Jelly Bean upgrade brings Sky Go to HTC, Google Nexus, Samsung Galaxies, Sony Xperias and LG 4X HDSky Go has been boosted to support Jelly Bean v4.1, 4.2 and 4.2.1, adding 14 new devices to the app's Android family.

The upgrade also makes the Android Nexus 7 the first Android tablet to support Sky Go; the full list of new handsets being:

  • HTC: Desire X, One X, One XL, One S and One V
  • Google: Nexus 4 and Nexus 7
  • Samsung: Galaxy S3 LTE, Galaxy S3 Mini, Galaxy Ace 2 and Galaxy Note 2
  • Sony: Sony Xperia S, Sony Xperia T
  • LG: LG 4X HD

Sky Go had 2.8 million users from July to October 2012, with more than 2.2m people watching the second series of An Idiot Abroad, and 1.1m using it to watch A Game Of Thrones season two.

Holly Knill, head of Sky Go, said: “As more and more smartphones and tablets come to market, the demand for Sky Go continues to increase at a phenomenal rate.

"We look forward to continuing to develop for as many devices as possible while at the same time innovating for the service so that it continues to raise the bar in terms of choice, flexibility and quality.”

December 11, 2012

FX adds American Horror Story: Asylum in time for Halloween

Sky Go has added programmes from FX, home of Dexter, True Blood and American Horror Story: Asylum, in time for Halloween.

How to get Sky Go: FX adds American Horror Story: Asylum in time for Halloween

FX is part of the standard Entertainment pack of Sky channels meaning it’s available by default on Sky Go - you need to either be a Sky TV subscriber to get Sky Go or you’ll need to get a Sky Go Monthly Ticket for £15/month.

With Sky Go you’ll be able to catch up with episodes on your laptop, your iPhone or iPad on selected Android phones and your Xbox 360.

October 30, 2012

Channel 4 family are Go for 2013

Channel 4, E4, More 4 and Film 4 will become the first terrestrial channels to join Sky Go in early 2013.

The update will bring all four live streaming channels and a selection of archive content from 4oD, not including films.

September 14, 2012

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Kids' top eight Go live

Children’s channels including Cartoon Network, the Disney Channel and Nickelodeon have joined the Sky Go line-up for Sky subscribers with the Entertainment Extra pack.

The eight live children’s channels will also arrive on Sky Go in August, bringing the live channel total to 32.

July 26, 2012

Samsung adds a Galaxy of handsets

Sky Go launched for Samsung Galaxy S3, Galaxy Nexus and Samsung Galaxy Note.

July 20, 2012

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